Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon**835, rang 3 Ouest
Experience unique moments on the welcoming beaches of Lac Saint-Jean Lake.
Fresh water and more than 42 kilometres of smooth sandy beaches around the majestic Lac Saint Jean Lake await your visit.
Use the list to select water-based activities that will liven up your holiday on the lakefront of this authentic inland sea.
Accommodations (other than camping) situated on the lakefront of Lac Saint-Jean Lake, a river, or another body of water:
Bed and Breakfast
Tourist Residences and Alternative Lodging
From June to August, enjoy swimming and beach games. During this time, Lac Saint-Jean Lake’s beaches transform into a seaside resort. Swimmers will enjoy the quality of the water, which can reach up to 25 degrees Celsius during the hottest summer days.
Depending on your location around the lake, the sand on the beach takes on different hues. For example, at the Pointe-Taillon National Park, the sand is darker, because it contains ilmenite grains (iron titanium trioxide). In Saint-Gédéon, its golden shade reveals the presence of quartz. In Chambord, its reddish hue can be explained by a mixture of garnet and ilmenite.
Bathing water quality: visit the link below to see the rating and classification for each beach. (French only)
Lac Saint-Jean Lake, an authentic inland sea, is the third largest lake of the province of Quebec. Its dimensions are of 43.8 km by 24 km, for a total of 1076 km2. It was formerly called Piekouagami by the Innu (Montagnais), which means shallow lake or flat lake. Indeed, the lake’s minimal depth is of 11 metres, while its maximal depth is of 63 metres. In fact, almost 25% of its surface area is 3 metres deep, or less, and 40% of its surface is 6 metres deep, or less.
More than 250 islands are scattered on Lac Saint-Jean Lake and more than 175 bird species live on these islands. During the spring flood, there are major variations in Lac Saint-Jean Lake’s water levels. The variations on Lac Saint-Jean Lake are similar to those of rivers, as its waters are naturally renewed nine times per year on average.
Marinas, public wharves, and landing piers (Lac-Saint-Jean-East)
· Alma, chemin de la Baie Moïse (Lac Saint-Jean Lake)
· Alma, Dam-en-Terre Resort (Lac Saint-Jean Lake and Grande-Décharge River)
· Alma, Port de plaisance d'Alma (Petite-Décharge River, Grande-Décharge River, and Saguenay River)
· Alma, Saint-Coeur-de-Marie Marina (Lac Saint-Jean Lake)
· L'Ascension-de-Notre-Seigneur, 1000 1re Rue Est (Péribonka River)
· Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Municipal Pier, rue Saint-Georges (Lac Saint-Jean Lake)
· Saint-Gédéon, Chemin du quai, Rang des îles (Lac Saint-Jean Lake)
· Saint-Henri-de-Taillon, Municipal Marina, rue de la marina (Lac Saint-Jean Lake)
· Sainte-Monique, route du quai (Péribonka River)
For fishing enthusiasts, the rich waters of Lac Saint-Jean Lake contain 28 fish species, including the ouananiche (landlocked salmon), northern pike, yellow walleye, and burbot. For more information on fishing in the Lac Saint-Jean region, visit the official website of the Corporation de l'activité pêche Lac-Saint-Jean (Fishing Activities Corporation) (French only).